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Re: “Should we prepare for another Waldo Canyon or Black Forest in 2017?

Should we prepare for a disaster is the question! Golly, I don't know. If one lives in a house a fire extinguisher that functions is handy. A house in a forest an extinguisher is not going to quell a fire outdoors. The USFS fire suppression practices are what causes these fires to burn so intensely and for so long. What else does the Forest Service do? They sell timber. And I saw one officer recently trying to manage a forest by searching an older vehicle in a parking lot in a small town 100 miles from a forest. I would not have known it was a ranger but his monster 4x4 truck said so on the front fender. The military style he was dressed in including the standard shaved head were all calculated affectations to intimidate.
Then R.C. Smith, El Paso County's deputy chief of operations for the Office of Emergency Management and the county recovery manager makes a comment which seems to allude to global warming. Based on his childhood memory about it snowing every Halloween in the 1960's he is scaring citizens. It does not nor did it snow every Halloween. But fear monger they must.
Here is what it looks like
Avg Oct temps in the 2000's 84 79 79 84 74 83 81 83 78 82
Avg Oct temps in the 1960's 80 78 84 83 86 79 76 84 81 81
Global warming?? For fun look at 1948/50 averages:
1948 80 77 83 79 79 80 83 82 83 80
Global warming? No.
Dismantle the USFS and then watch the forests renew.
Lousy research dept at the indy...

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 11/14/2016 at 2:55 AM

Re: “10-year-old is seizure-free after one year of cannabis oil

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Posted by Loveth Mable on 11/14/2016 at 12:43 AM

Re: “POPs ballot measure in limbo

As always, thank you Pam Zubeck and the Independent. You have our gratitude for your commitment to the story of Strawberry Fields. It's not over yet!

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Posted by doonya on 11/10/2016 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Residents with contaminated drinking water struggle to get tested for exposure

Incredible article Nat Stein!!! Thank you for reporting on this.

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Posted by KyleJS on 11/09/2016 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Springs Rescue Mission opens beds

there are 1000's of them here a few beds isn't even a bandaid

Posted by rocket625 on 11/09/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Muslims Get Threats, Support

The warmth and character of my fellow citizens of Colorado Springs never ceases to amaze me. Faith doesnt matter, we are all citizens of the human race. Im proud to call this city home.

Posted by topfurnacerepaircoloradosprings on 11/07/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “2016 Indy endorsements cheat sheet

SD 20's ballot item is NOT a mill levy INCREASE! It is a debt increase, but the mill levy rate STAYS THE SAME.

Posted by colomtngirl on 11/06/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “A proposed change to Section 8 looks to desegregate neighborhoods

Nospincs get your facts straight !!!! I'm fact section 8 recipients have to go through stringent background and criminal checks. Not everyone on section 8 are bad people. Like under any circumstances there are good and bad people everywhere. It is not because they have a section 8 voucher you moron.

Posted by Meme Jakes on 11/06/2016 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Some Air Force Academy cadets never have a chance — and they leave feeling defeated

A great book on this subject can be found here: https://amzn.com/0998088005

Posted by SailorMark on 11/05/2016 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Jim Davies, think you started it: "How can Pam Zubeck still get the details of the exchange wrong? Incredible...", and then proceeded to make a case. The Incline is not mentioned on the petition as the opponents are opposed to commercializing historic parkland. If the City wants to take on that behemoth of a liability, they are free to do so. Clearly, the Bmoor is willing to unload it. Who wouldn't be, from a business cost/benefit analysis? It is undevelopable land which brings great liability risk with it and generates no income....actually, all the animals featured in the change.org petition are, in fact, in Strawberry Fields. Just saw a bear munching on tree ivy a few days ago. It is teeming with wildlife -- it is a corridor which abuts National forest and nearby water sources. Don't recall hearing Muscoco being covered in trash, but Strawberry is NOT as was asserted. The appraisals, which I think is what you call assessments, required 4 open records requests to get, and even the Mayor ended up publicly suggesting the Council focus on total acreage as opposed to value. What? Or, how about the fact that one cannot get a bank loan on Restricted Appraisals -- so much for soundness of that methodology. Let's move on and let the people decide. It is our land.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 11/04/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

There's no point in rehashing all of the dishonest statements that have been made by the opponents. Just as one example, look at the change.org petition: I would wager that every one of the "Strawberry Fields" wildlife pictures on that page could be found somewhere on the internet, and have nothing to do with this parcel. The word "Incline" doesn't appear on the petition, although "Anschutz" appears several times. There's a consistent pattern of overstating the conservation value of Strawberry Fields, and ignoring the totality of what's being swapped - typically, it's stated that it's being traded straight-up for the Muscoco parcel. Conservation easements are worthless, but trail easements on the Incline and Barr are worth their weight in gold. Muscoco is covered in trash, but Strawberry Fields is pristine. etc., etc., etc. And of course, the assessments must be wrong, because you don't like the result. The distortions never end. The ends justifies the means.

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Posted by Jim Davies on 11/03/2016 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

The city also asserts the land swap is of "purely local concern,"

..... with media coverage in both the Denver Post (circulation 626,875 daily print) which Mr. Anschutz has already made a bid for ... and was rebuffed .... this time, and the Wall Street Journal (national circulation of 2.3 million!)?

Really? That's laughable.

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Posted by doonya on 11/03/2016 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Jim Davies: The Independent did not erroneously insinuate that apparaisals had been completed by the City in the beginning of the Broadmoor Land Swap. In fact, they clarified that baffling issue which required 4 open records requests to get. The Independent did not take a poll which was taken down when it showed 85% of the city opposed the land swap. Regarding the Incline, the Independent DID question the wisdom of taking on a liability which has cost the City about $5 MILLION dollars over the last 3 years and which has no cost/benefit analysis not to mention an engineering report and which will be an ongoing liability in perpetuity due to the Laws of Physics and Mother Nature. The Independent DID report that the Barr Trail easement was already included in the Crag Land Exchange Act and the Land Swap both. Odd. Surely, you are not opposed to the people having a vote on the fate of their parkland? Denver has had this provision in their City Charter for 61 years...with much more restrictive, general language with no exceptions. Time for Colorado Springs to catch up. Let the people decide.

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Posted by Dana Duggan on 11/03/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

I'm on the other side of this and support the swap. I'm not writing about that though. I want to say the very idea of Pam Zubeck doing anything but seeking out true facts, and reporting them is unkind and untrue.

The same goes for Richard Skorman. I hope his side loses because I welcome the fire mitigation the swap provides, and the opening of the Chamberlin Trail. But I must attack any idea that claims he has not been open and forthright in stating his position and claims.

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Posted by John Murphy on 11/03/2016 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Jim Davies: It's one thing to disagree and it's OK to pick nits. My very limited experience with Pam Zubeck and Richard Skorman is that they are anything but dishonest. I also believe that if people feel strongly enough to ante up thousands of dollars to fight a corporation with millions of dollars, they deserve to be heard politely. It's not about Strawberry Fields, if it ever was. It's about a perceived attempt at an end run around the public interest.

I'd suggest if you have data of dishonesty that you make an appointment with Zubeck, Skorman and the Indy publisher and bring it to their attention. Who knows? You may furnish Ms. Zubeck with material for an important story. If they don't run the story, try The Gazette or the Denver Post. It would be newsworthy.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 11/03/2016 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

I hope city council does the right thing and refers this for a citizens vote. Colorado Springs citizens voted to buy part of this land over 100 years ago and we should have the same right to vote on it today.

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Posted by Frank Pado on 11/03/2016 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Robert, she describes the Barr Trail portion of the exchange as "trail easements", while it's a transfer of ownership. She also conveniently forgets to mention that the city would get ownership of over a third of the Incline as part of that parcel. I consider this to be deliberate dishonesty in reporting, and is consistent with the way supporters have acted throughout this process - dishonestly.

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Posted by Jim Davies on 11/03/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

The City and Trader Mayor John (pronounced - Traitor) are in a mad dash to complete the task of their masters. This matter has shown the "Strong Mayor" to be a puppet of Anschutz. Like a Banana Republic dictatorship, the entire city staff is controlled by the whims of Saddam Suthers.

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Posted by Donald T Rump on 11/03/2016 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Battle over Strawberry Fields continues in court and, maybe, at the ballot box

Mr. Davies,

What part of the reporting by Ms. Zubeck is incorrect?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 11/02/2016 at 11:49 PM

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